Megan Bock, Chief Program Officer
Start Date: 2020
Megan joined Denver's Early Childhood Council in January 2020 as the Chief Program Officer. Prior to coming to the council, Megan held various roles in early childhood education. Most recently, Megan led the development and implementation of the online Zaentz Certificate in Early Education Leadership and directed the Zaentz Fellowship program at Harvard's Graduate School of Education (HGSE). While at HGSE, Megan also earned her master's degree in human development and psychology as a Zaentz Fellow.
Before returning to graduate school, Megan was a consultant on Head Start's training and technical assistance team where she helped build capacity in programs across Colorado and Wyoming. Prior to consulting, Megan supported the creation and roll out of the Quality Ratings and Improvement System in Illinois, first as a fellow at the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development and later as a project coordinator at Illinois Action for Children. Megan began her career as a preschool teacher and Teach for America corps member, working in Head Start programs in Arizona and Colorado.
Megan has a B.A. in religion from Colorado College, an M.Ed. in early education from Arizona State University, and an Ed.M. in human development and psychology from Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
Liz Isaacson, Chief Financial Officer
Start Date: 2018
Liz has been with Denver's Early Childhood Council since January of 2016 and oversees the financial and grants management functions for the Council. Liz has extensive experience in grant management, budgeting, cost accounting, and financial management gained from positions she has held at organizations such as National Jewish Health, the University of Denver, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado. She has also held positions in smaller nonprofit organizations such as The Children's Museum of Denver and the March of Dimes. Liz has a B.S. degree in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver and has earned the professional designations of C.M.A. (Certified Management Accountant) and F.L.M.I. (Fellow Life Management Institute).
Emily Bustos, Chief Executive Officer
Start Date: 2007
Emily joined the Denver's Early Childhood Council as Director in 2008. Previously she was Deputy Site Coordinator for Making Connections-Denver, a place-based community change initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation with a focus on family economic success, school readiness, and resident leadership development in struggling communities. A Denver native, Emily has worked closely with the community to build capacity and facilitate systems change efforts in the nonprofit sector as well as in her work as a Community Development Specialist with the City and County of Denver. She has a B.A. in Urban Design and Architecture from New York University, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree, with a concentration in Community Economic Development, from the University of Colorado at Denver.
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